Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Aquarium Coming to Austin in November

A 22,000-square-foot aquarium will come to North Austin near U.S. 183 and Anderson Mill Road, in what was once a Lack's Furniture store. It is expected to open later this year, in November.

Co-owner Vince Covino said Austin is the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. without a major aquarium.

"It also boasts a high percentage of college graduates and we need highly qualified marine biologists to ensure top notch animal care. So it was a perfect location for us," said Covino. 

Covino owns private aquariums in Boise, Idaho, and Portland, Oregon.

The wet world may eventually feature more than 2,000 species, including sharks, octopi, stingrays, otters and even some reptiles. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.